Parish Magazine for December 2009

Pencil sketch by W A Green

In Memory of Philip

During the restoration work to the tower last year the remains of the large wrought-iron oil lanterns that used to light the church before electricity was installed sometime in the 1950s were discovered. On comparing the pieces with some old photographs of the period we were able to put together one complete lamp except for its oil reservoir and wick holder. Later, when the earth floor to the churchyard shed was being dug out during its restoration, we came across these missing items. This one lamp has now been completely renovated and re-hung at the entrance to the Baptistery. It is hoped that we can now obtain an Archdeacon's licence to add a plaque in memory of Philip Nunn and to record his generous bequest to St Mary's.

Bible Sunday

The day dawned bright and sunny and the church was bright and warm to welcome the many visitors that had come to enjoy our service of Holy Communion. We were especially pleased to welcome Dr Colin Johnstone from the Diocese of Massachusetts in the USA. Colin was born in Cumbria but emigrated to the United States as a child. He was staying as the guest of Peter and Jenny Metcalfe and has links with the Maramba Deanery through his own Diocese in America. Another group were people visiting Tony and Topsy Easteal. They all met in New Zealand a few years ago and were here for a reunion. Two of them are church organists and one a retired Baptist Minister. Linda and Peter Drew's grandchildren, Morgan aged 5 and Mia aged 3 helped with the collection and bringing up the elements. Rev Claire Lording gave a very thoughtful sermon on the subject of mass intolerance to both race and faith and received many congratulations for steering a central path through a very contentions theme. — Tony Easteal

Well done Dea

Congratulations to Dea Tompkins on her success in the Great North run. She managed to raise a brilliant £400 for the Alzheimer's Society. Dea wishes to thank everyone who kindly sponsored her.

...and to Stuart

Stuart Whitby, son-in-law to Alan and Ysy Wozencroft, ran in the Cardiff half marathon and raised a magnificent £675 for Cancer Research in memory of 'Gangy'. Thanks to the many people who so generously sponsored him at her funeral.

Palace of Varieties

The re-opening of the refurbished kitchen in the Village Hall saw a capacity gathering. The entertainment was amazing, what a tonic. Dave Huband the comedian gave such a memorable performance that people were still laughing at his material several days afterwards. The jokes came thick and fast and it would be no exaggeration to say that the audience was helpless with laughter for much of the evening. During the interval a ploughman's supper was much enjoyed. Our thanks go to all who helped in the organisation and setting up of the hall, prepared the food, donated raffle prizes and not least those who supported the evening with such enthusiasm. The event raised £460.23 towards the redecoration of the interior of the village. — Mary Hyslop-Winn

Annual Service of Remembrance

An excellent attendance was recorded for the Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on Sunday 8th November. The service was ably led by Kath Bills and the very inspiring address was given by Rev Chris Moore. The wreath was presented by Sophie Cavenagh and laid by Mrs Edie Rhoden. The Roll of Honour from the parishes of Greete and Whitton was read by Churchwarden Tony Easteal. Many, many thanks to Mrs Pat Dunn, Mrs Aileen Hood and Mrs Edie Rhoden for the stunning flower and poppy displays. Whitton villagers contributed £105 to the Poppy Appeal which included £25 from the church for the wreath.

Fund Raising

Christmas Concert

Friday 4th December with the Bell Inn Band at 7.30pm. This year we also look forward to a virtuoso performance from one of our own youngsters!! Tickets £6 includes punch, mince pies and lucky ticket draw. May I please ask for your usual generous offer of mince pies; also draw prizes would be welcomed. Tickets available from Michael (890332) or Ysy (890234).

Tuesday 15th December

An evening of Carols, Readings, Music and Song at Hope Bagot Village Hall 7.30pm. Tickets £5 includes hot supper. Please bring your own drink - glasses will be provided. Tickets available as above.

Sunday 13th February 2010

Valentine's Supper Dance - Hope Bagot Village Hall.

Christmas Services

Sunday 20th December -

Joint Greete and Whitton Carol Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Mary's Whitton at 6.30pm, followed by light refreshments. The service will be led by Rev Chris Moore.

Thursday 24th December -

Christmas Eve (Midnight Mass at 9pm!!). Carols and Holy Communion for Christmas. Celebrant Rev Claire Lording.

Advance Notice

Church Lunch - Sunday 24th January 2010 at The Queens, Ludlow at 12 noon prompt. Two courses £11.45. Numbers strictly limited - Please obtain your menu from Michael as soon as possible and return with your remittance no later than 14th January.


We are currently in the process of drawing up rotas for 2010. If anyone would like to join the rota for intercessions or readings, would they kindly speak to Michael.

Magazine Money

Just to remind those of you who pay by calendar year that your subscription will be due on 1st January; if you pay before 31st January the cost will be £6.60 a year, otherwise it will be £7.80 (note a slight increase).

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. October 17th John Champkin
  2. October 24th John Champkin
  3. October 31st Pauline Wedell
  4. November 7th Dorothy Shakespeare


At this time of year I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the life and work of the church and community. We have once again had a busy, lively and enjoyable year of fellowship and worship. Special thanks to our organist Don Hearn now thankfully returned to full health and to Rosemary Edwards for the chocolate birthday cakes which are so much appreciated by everyone. Our thanks also to our Team Clergy, Retired Clergy and members of the Local Ministry Team for continuing to make our worship at St Mary's so special.


A Text for Christmas time

Father God, When your precious Son became a tiny baby in a stable in Bethlehem in poverty and simplicity, you changed our world. As we imagine those surroundings, we join with the shepherds and the wise men in wonder and praise. We thank you for our material lives, praise you for our spiritual lives, and trust in you for our eternal life. — Amen

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